Weekend Wanderings: Saturday at Southampton Boat Show and Sperry Reveal

Ever the eager sailors, Mike and I decided to cut short our break in Cornwall (but only by a day!) so that we could head off to the Southampton Boat Show. Unfortunately in our eagerness to pack up on Friday I managed to leave my beloved Canon 600D behind, meaning my iPhone ended up being my go-to camera for the day.

The first thing that caught our eye was this beast of a boat, honestly this photo doesn’t even begin to show the true scale of it, it was MAHOOSIVE!!! Unfortunately I didn’t catch the name of the vessel, but it was certainly eye-catching.

Sailing Rhino


When I spied Collective Spirit I could hardly contain my excitement. For those not in the know, the 30ft yacht was built from over 1,200 donated wooden items including Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, parts from the Mary Rose and a section of Brighton’s West Pier, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. You can find out more about Collective Spirit over at The Boat Project.

Collective Spirit

I couldn’t help but fall in love with this awesome Crabber 12. Not only is this an absolute stunner of a boat, it’s also the ideal entry level sailing dinghy. Now I’ve just got to convince Mike that it’s better than it’s wooden equivalents ;)

And here she is in action…

Just look at that sail!

We also stopped by to see our friends over at Sperry and thanked them for my beautiful Topsiders that I won during their Cowes Week competition.

Mike was on the hunt for a pair of Sperry Topsiders to call his own, but couldn’t decide on which ones to go for and who could blame him with such a selection on show.

And here’s the long awaited reveal of the gorgeous pair of Topsiders I won during Cowes Week. Sadly they arrived a few days before I had to head off to LA so I haven’t had much chance to wear them in yet, but I’m looking forward to breaking them in before next season.

How did you spend your weekend?

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